The Secretary to the State Ministry of Home Affairs has reportedly instructed all District and Divisional Secretaries to submit a report regarding the public servants who did not report for duty last Friday (06) with involvement in the islandwide Hartal action.
The letter issued to the secretaries reveals that a full report is expected regarding the public servants who reported for duty and not at the level of District and Divisional Secretariats. A form has also been issued in this regard. The letter further instructs that details on staff and non-staff officials be submitted separately.
In the meantime, strong opposition is being raised from the unions in this regard, pointing out that it would be problematic as to being documented in this manner with regard to a hartal movement in the event that no such information has been obtained from any other Ministry or Department in Sri Lanka. This has been informed to the Secretary of the State Ministry of Home Affairs by the Association of Divisional Secretaries and Assistant Divisional Secretaries of Sri Lanka as well.
About 95% of the officers of the District and Divisional Secretariats did not report for duty on the day of the Hartal, the Union added, emphasising that some of the public servants had refrained themselves from reporting for duty, while some were unable to due to transportation difficulties.